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Drew's defense leads team to first varsity win

From Staff Reports

Drew coach Jarrett Laws will not see any eye-popping offensive stats when he reviews last week's game against Eastside, but the second-year coach will be just as pleased.

The Titans ran the ball 26 times with 14 plays being stopped for no or negative yardage. However, the Drew defense rose to the occassion in helping the team to its first varsity win in school history.

Drew defeated Eastside 14-7 last week at Homer Sharp Stadium in Covington.

Both of the Titans touchdowns came from its defense in the second quarter. Ben Kittler scored on a 41-yard fumble recovery with 6:12 remaining in the second quarter.

With 14 seconds left in the first half, Devante Lester returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown.

BIG PLAY RECEIVER: Prior to the fourth quarter, Mount Zion senior wide receiver Austin Smith only had one catch. He had several balls thrown his way, but was never able to shake the defensive coverage.

With his team mounting a comeback rally against Lovejoy, Smith was on the receiving end of a 91-yard touchdown reception in the Bulldogs' 29-20 loss.

"I was having a shaky game," Smith said. "Coach was depending on me to make a play. I had to find some confidence from somewhere, so I made a play."

CONTROLLING THEIR OWN PATH: Lovejoy sits alone atop the Region 4-AAAA standings after its win over Mount Zion last week.

The Wildcats have games against Jonesboro, Forest Park, Creekside and Riverdale remaining.

"All we know is that we got another game coming up next week," Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said. "It is nice to be where we are right now. It is a long football season left. We have to play with a lot of good football teams."

ELCA's DEFENSE C OMES THROUGH: The Chargers have only given up 20 points in their first six games, including three shutouts in a row.

ELCA OFFENSE CATCHES FIRE: The Chargers have outscored their last two opponents Whitfield (62-0) and Strong Rock (63-0), 125-0.

REGION 4-AAAA PLAYOFF PICTURE CLEARS UP: Sandy Creek is running away with its region, posting a 5-0 record in league play. But as things start to settle down, both Henry County and Stockbridge share a 3-1 record in region play. With its victory over Stockbridge on Friday, Henry County owns the tiebreaker against Stockbridge and is in second place.

WHAT A KICK: Dutchtown kicker and punter Ryan Kay's statistics from the Bulldogs' 34-10 victory Friday are those usually given little acclaim, but they were just as critical to keeping Dutchtown undefeated.

Kay made both of his field goals, from 26 and 50 yards, and was a perfect 3 for 3 on point after attempts.

But more crucially, he swung the field on punts and didn't let Union Grove speedster Ed Wilkins return a kickoff. Five of Kay's six kickoffs landed in or beyond the endzone. The only one that didn't was a pooch kick late in the fourth quarter when Dutchtown's lead was secure.

"I'd like to say he's in the top 5, definitely," Galt said. "Tonight was definitely a good game for him. ... This was his coming out party for this season."

It turned out to be a good night for kickers on both teams. Union Grove kicker Hunter Inglett made a 31-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter.

UNDEFEATEDS: Of the 33 football teams in Georgia that remain undefeated, three are from the Southern Crescent -- Dutchtown (6-0), Eagle's Landing Christian (6-0) and Lovejoy (6-0).

Of the Southern Crescent's three undefeated teams, only ELCA is state-ranked. The Chargers are No. 7 in Class A in the latest Associated Press poll.

Dade County (6-0) and Starr's Mill (7-0) join Dutchtown and Lovejoy as the only undefeated teams that weren't ranked in the latest AP poll.